Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Noise review of Can You Dig it?

The Noise's Julia Rose DeStefano had some great things to say about the new CD Can You Dig It? Check it out below.
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The Chicken Slacks, appropriately dubbed “Boston’s hardest-working funk and soul band,” do not disappoint with their latest release. Having just celebrated the third anniversary of a Thursday night residency at the Cantab Lounge, the Slacks are renowned for their incomparable energy. Can You Dig It? captures the essence of their live performance. The album alternates smoothly between catchy simple structures geared towards dancing and slower sensual grooves. Music aficionados will instantly recognize the opener: lead vocalist Diamond D’s harmonious rendition of Captain Beefheart’s “Too Much Time.” There’s also a stunning take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See the Light.” Playful, tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo is offered in “Going to the Shack” and “I Wanna Take a Shower With You,” which was penned by drummer Justin “Pops” Berthiaume. The most defining track of the album is without a doubt “Funky Way.” Clocking in at over three minutes, this little gem embodies the Slacks’ beloved, signature sound. The Chicken Slacks bring funk to a whole new level; hell yeah, I dig it. (Julia R. DeStefano)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mr. Belding joins The Chicken Slacks

Over the years The Chicken Slacks have played some pretty crazy gigs. That "School For The Deaf" casino cruise was challenging. The Fenway Park show was historic. And last Friday was another one for the Slacks' Hall of Fame.

We had an absolute blast playing for Barstool Sports' annual Mardi Gras party at McFaddens in downtown Boston.

It all started out pretty low-key: scantily clad supermodels wrapping everyone in Mardi Gras beads. Free shots of SoCo and lime. And a long line to get in the door. Typical 'Slacks gig, right?

But then they one-upped us. There was talk of a celebrity appearance that night but no one expected what El Presidente from Barstool Sports delivered: Save By The Bell's own Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins)! That's right, everyone's favorite wacky and zany high school principal from NBC's long running hit pre-teen comedy was the big draw of the night. And it didn't take long for him to find the bandstand and sit in with us for a few numbers.
Since we didn't know his first requests ("School's Out" or "any Skynard") he let us run the show and sang backups behind Diamond D for It's Your Thing and Brickhouse. D then graciously stepped aside as Belding led the band in a very moving and spot-on version of What A Wonderful World. It truly is a wonderful world when you get to share the stage with such a television phenom (check out his resume online - pretty impressive)!

So thank you Barstool Sports and thank you Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding) for yet another memorable gig. It's not often we brave the nutjobs down in the Faneuil Hall area on a weekend, but this time it was worth it!